Axyl! How did you escape your crate THIS time!?

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Barked: Wed Feb 16, '11 4:20pm PST 
Axyl has a habit of escaping his crate when I leave him while I go to work. I come home every day to let him out at lunch and to break up his day. However, he has escaped COUNTLESS contraptions (all created to keep him on the INSIDE of the crate) as well as ruined 4 crates.

We currently have carabiners on all corners of the crate but today he has managed to pluck the carabiners off and squeeze his skinny body out of the crate. Any ideas??

he's 11 months old and ABSOLUTELY hates when we leave him. I feel bad and I know he's a people dog but unfortunately us humans have to work so that we can pay to replace the items they destroy...oh the life they live.

any tips are greatly appreciated - as most of the time I am pretty humored and impressed by his abilities. It gets very frustrating to be outsmarted by a puppy all the time.

Barked: Fri Feb 25, '11 5:09am PST 
I would try and find a trainer in your area that can help you with this. Sounds like he may have a bit of separation anxiety. In the meantime, I've used the clips from the end of old leashes (remove them from the nylon/leather) to secure crates closed for my foster dogs. I found the carabiners were too large and if the crate door was pulled in, there would still be enough space for them to squeeze through. If you use something smaller (like a clip for a leash or similar), they won't even be able to pull the door in.

Have you tried making the crate a positive thing for him (If not, check out the behavior and training forums for how to do this)? Give him yummy treats to keep him occupied (peanut butter kongs work best for my guy). Here's also something that helped with my dog's crate anxiety. Make the dog enter the crate on his own and wait for him to lay down and relax. Give him a kong or throw a handful of kibble into the crate. Wait for him to get interested in the treats. Then slowly and calmly shut the door. I found the more I shoved him in against his will and slammed the door in his face, the more nervous and unhappy he was in the crate.